When most people think of Fiumicino, they automatically think of the airport which services Roma and it’s environs. I had one day to spend in Lazio before heading down to Sicily, and instead of going into the city of Roma, which I would be visiting later in the trip, I decided to spend the day and one night in the town of Fiumicino. I booked a room for myself at the Porto di Claudio, a small hotel in the center of town.My friend, Susan, who was heading down to Sicily with me, would be arriving later in the day. She had booked a room for herself at a small B&B on the other side of the river, here in Fiumicino. So, I settled into my room, and then set out to explore a bit.The Ponte levatoio 2 giugno, Fiumicino’s drawbridge, crosses over the Tevere as it makes it’s way to the sea.The section of the river, from the bridge to the sea, is lined with a pedestrian walkway, and piers, where many boats are docked. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, as well as the odd shop or two. Set along the river front is the lovely church of Santa Maria Porto della Salute, which dates back to 1828.A small market was taking place on the day that I visited. I was sitting at this lovely cafe, when Susan arrived, and so we continued to explore the town together.The port of Fiumicino has been active since ancient times. Back then it was known as the portus. Today, it still functions as an important base for deep-sea fishing boats, as well as private and tourist boats. On a lovely afternoon, there is nothing nicer than a leisurely stroll along the waterfront – unless of course, you are fishing!It was fun finding a map of Sicily, as that’s where the two of us were headed the next day. By mid afternoon we had made our way over to the beach area, where we walked along the shore for a bit. Dinner was at the wonderful Osteria dell Orologio, on Via di Torre Clementina, alongside the river. We opted for the tasting menu, which at E 60.00 per person, for ten plates, is a bargain. The food was amazing! All in all, it was a great day in Fiumicino!
Next up: Palermo
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